Surface Water Hydrology

By Prof. Rajib Maity   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 119
Surface water hydrology is one of the core courses in civil engineering that covers a wide range of topics related to different components, at or near earth’s surface of the global hydrological cycle. The spread of knowledge base is wide and relevant topics are multiple in this major field of study. To provide a comprehensive learning strategy, this course is sub-divided into three major modules, namely Hydrological Processes, Hydrological Analysis and Hydrological Design. The first module starts with the fundamental concept of hydrology and hydrologic cycle and its importance on earth. This module ends with an overall discussion on the importance of this subject in the context of climate change as a part of motivation. Next module focuses on different important components of the hydrologic cycle, starting with the most vital one i.e., precipitation and gradually discussing evaporation, evapotranspiration, infiltration, run-off, streamflow, flood etc. All necessary theoretical concepts of each process, their physical modelling and their real-life measuring arrangements are discussed elaborately. Necessary schematics diagrams and practical photographs are used along with illustrative examples to make the theoretical concepts clear. More real-life applications are considered in the last module in which Hydrological design concepts are developed.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students belonging to Civil Engineering discipline can take this course.

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 29 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2023
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Hydrological Processes
Week 2: Hydrologic Analysis of Precipitation
Week 3: Abstraction from Precipitation
Week 4: Streamflow measurement
Week 5: Hydrologic Analysis of Run-off
Week 6: Analysis of Hydrograph-I
Week 7: Analysis of Hydrograph-II
Week 8: Floods and Flood Control
Week 9: Flood Routing
Week 10: Hydrologic Frequency Analysis
Week 11: Applications of Frequency Analysis
Week 12: Hydrologic Design

Books and references

1.Subramanya, K (2013), “Engineering Hydrology”, Fourth Edition, McGraw Hill Education (India) Private Limited, New Delhi.
2.Viessman, W., and Lewis, G.L. (2003), "Introduction to Hydrology", Fifth Edition, PHI Learning Private Limited, New Delhi.
3.Chow, V. T., Maidment, D. R., and Mays, L.W. (1988), Applied Hydrology, First Edition, McGraw-Hill International Edition, Civil Engineering Series, Singapore.

Instructor bio

Prof. Rajib Maity

IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Rajib Maity is Associate Professor in Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. His research area includes hydroclimatology, stochastic hydrology, climate impacts on water resources, hydrologic time series analyses and forecasting etc. He has published two books and more than 100 research articles in different peer reviewed journals and conferences and chapters in books. His most recent book on ‘Statistical methods in Hydrology and hydroclimatology’ is published with Springer. Some of his professional recognitions include Faculty Excellence Award (IIT Kharagpur), Humboldt Fellowship (Experienced Researchers), (Germany), James Rennel MoES Fellow, Prof. R. J. Garde Research Award, ASCE 2011 Outstanding Reviewer (USA), Emerging Leaders Fellowship (Australia), BOYSCAST Fellowship, IEI Young Engineers Award, DAAD fellowship for IIT faculty (Germany), International ICE WaRM Fellowship (Australia), Prof. N. S. Govinda Rao Memorial Gold Medal, IISc. He is an associate editor of Journal of Earth System Sciences (Springer), and ISH Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (Taylor and Francis).

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 
29 April 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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